COR­RI­DORS OF POWER

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is no longer a se­cret that the op­po­si­tion is hav­ing a hard time get­ting fi­nanciers from the Coast, who have pre­vi­ously backed Cord leader

Raila Odinga, to com­mit to the 2017 bid. Though Raila’s strate­gists con­tinue to chest-thump that they still have the back­ing of the peo­ple at the Coast, the ty­coons are of a dif­fer­ent opin­ion. Our moles say some of them have cat­e­gor­i­cally said the re­turn on in­vest­ment has been too low in the last 10 years and are think­ing of keep­ing away from the 2017 po­lit­i­cal scene. Our moles also suggest that the Ju­bilee side has been woo­ing the same ty­coons in the hope that they can gain from some fi­nan­cial sup­port.

Ju­bilee power-bro­ker is on the spot af­ter he got into an ar­gu­ment at a club in Kile­leshwa and started threat­en­ing pa­trons with his gun. The man, known to love his drink, was hav­ing a good time un­til an MP from West­ern Kenya ac­cused him of hav­ing run away with their money dur­ing Septem­ber’s Ju­bilee Party launch at Kasarani. This ag­i­tated the man, who asked the MP to leave their ta­ble, but this fell on deaf ears. The MP, who is among those who re­cently de­camped from the op­po­si­tion, re­fused to leave un­til the Ju­bilee man had parted with some money. He was how­ever whisked away from the venue by one of his body­guards af­ter the Ju­bilee man, who hails from Mu­rang’a, re­moved his gun.

gun-tot­ing se­nior Embu county gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial, who is also said to be sali­vat­ing for the Mbeere North par­lia­men­tary seat, shocked rev­ellers at a pop­u­lar joint in Embu town when he bran­dished his pis­tol in order to take a damsel home. The diminu­tive county of­fi­cial then brazenly went ahead to snatch a pa­tron’s wife at gun­point. The gun­wield­ing as­pi­rant pub­licly de­clared that he was tak­ing home the ob­ject of his de­sire. When the pro­tec­tive fam­ily man stood to de­fend his po­si­tion as hus­band, the county boss sim­ply went for his pis­tol from the hol­ster and placed the bar­rel on the head of the hap­less man. And then he or­dered the fright­ened wife to get out of the night club. Min­utes later, the chap hap­pily drove away – with some­one else’s wife.

sec­tion of res­i­dents of Wa­jir East want DCI

di­rec­tor Ndegwa Muhoro to come to their help over a group of of­fi­cers who ha­rass and ex­tort them. They say the of­fi­cers are be­ing used by pow­er­ful busi­ness­men to ha­rass them over a con­tentious piece of land. They want Muhoro to rep­ri­mand the of­fi­cers in­volved af­ter they drove to Habaswen to ar­rest an old man and took him to court, ac­cus­ing him of oc­cu­py­ing land whose own­er­ship mat­ters are in court.

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